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Firefly is an American space western television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon. The series is set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system, and follows the adventures of the renegade crew and passengers of Serenity, a "Firefly-class" spaceship.

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Do the Reavers have any sort of hierarchy?

All descriptions of Reavers seem to be these monsters that have no regard for anything but themselves. However, in some episodes (and the movie Serenity) they hunt together and almost seem tribal (e.g....
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In universe, why do we see almost no Chinese people in Firefly?

Firefly takes place in a universe where Chinese and American cultures have fused, as evidenced by Chinese signage, and the frequent use of spoken Chinese in the series. Yet, for a universe that's ...
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Who served as an inspiration for the character of Saffron?

The character Saffron appeared first in the sixth episode, Our Mrs. Reynolds and made quite an impression on the captain and crew of Firefly. Was she Whedon's spin on the classic femme fatale trope, ...
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Why does Mal hide his identity for one Alliance encounter, but not another?

In Episode 3: Bushwacked, Mal freely admits to his identity as Malcom Reynolds, former browncoat Sergeant. His crew and passengers also freely admit to their identities. Later, in Episode 5: Safe, ...
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Why did the details of River's rescue change for the movie Serenity?

In the Firefly tv show, we first meet River when she comes out of "cryo". Simon explains that he funded a "group of men" who had offered to sneak her out of captivity by putting her in that cryo state....
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How can Firefly Reavers be “smart” enough to drive spaceships? Why their radio conversations sound like some EVF directlly drawn from hell?

How can Firefly Reavers be "smart" enough to drive spaceships? Why, then does their radio conversations sound like some EVP directly drawn from hell?
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What was the name of Monty's ship on Firefly?

In the TV show Firefly, Actor Franc Ross plays the part of Monty. He has a crew and a ship but they are unnamed in the show or credits. Does anyone know the ships name? Does anyone have info on the ...
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Are there any other Star Wars references in Firefly?

According to this article on mental floss, there are Star Wars easter eggs in the series Firefly. Star Wars was a big influence on Whedon. Captain Malcolm Reynolds somewhat resembles Han Solo, ...
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What is Inara's backstory?

It's hinted at a few times in Firefly that Inara, like most of the crew, has an interesting past. Most notably, see the following conversation between Mal and Nandi in episode 13, "Heart of Gold": ...
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How does Serenity's main engine work?

The side engines seem to be regular atmospheric jet engines (at least they have that sort of intake), but is there any statement in any of the side material (RPG, comics, etc.) what the main "firefly ...
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What is the status of Earth in Firefly? [duplicate]

Serenity makes it clear that colonists left Earth due to overpopulation and resource deficiency. And it's referred to as Earth-that-was. But do we have any indication that Earth is actually ...
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Did Mal intentionally leave Jayne with the Tams in Ariel?

In Episode 9, Ariel, Mal and Zoe steal the medicine and Jayne guards Simon and River as they sneak into the hospital. Previously Jayne had expressed some disgust at River staying on Serenity, since ...
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Why does Mal change his mind?

In the episode Safe, Mal comes back to rescue Simon. SIMON Captain... why did you come back for us? MAL You're on my crew. SIMON Yeah, but you don't even like me. (beat) Why'd you come ...
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How do revolvers in the 'verse work?

I was re-watching Heart of Gold and noticed that when Wash and Kaylee were on the ship and Wash was giving Kaylee cover-fire to be able to move he fired off many more than 6 shots. However, in War ...
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What canon information exists on the inspiration for the Companions in Firefly?

In answering this question, I found out about the oiran, a class of high-status courtesans in 17th-18th century Japan. Some of the description of these people sounds very similar to the Companions who ...
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Why did companions have such high social standing?

I've been watching Firefly. While I've been enjoying the show, the one thing I haven't been able to quite figure out is why companions have such high social standing. They are admittedly quite "posh", ...
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Chinese in Serenity?

One of the things that makes the world of the Firefly TV series distinctive is the intermingling of English-speaking and Chinese cultures. All of Serenity's crew appear to be fluent in both English ...
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Was Jayne from Canton?

The song "The Hero of Canton" contains the following lines: He saw the Mudders' lament And he saw the magistrate taking Every dollar and leaving five cents So he said, "You can't do that to ...
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How many crew members of the Serenity actually read Chinese?

In a previous question it was asked how many of the crew spoke Mandarin. But how many actually read Chinese as it was used in almost all broadcasts and navigational displays?
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What was the body count in River's bar fight scene?

In one of River Tam's incredibly choreographed fight scenes, she takes on a bar full of bad-asses and leaves them all biting the dust. Has anyone ever done a body count (apart from Jayne)? Did she ...
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Did Jayne help Dobson at first?

In Firefly episode 1, Serenity, Mal gives Jayne the job of questioning the captured federal agent Dobson, who tries to persuade Jayne to turn his coat: DOBSON: You kill me, there's nothing. But if ...
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How common is fresh produce in the world of Firefly?

In the pilot of Firefly, Book uses fresh strawberries as part of his transport payment. The "Mighty fine shindig" has unadorned fresh fruit, showing that it was considered fancy by itself, though ...
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What is “fluffy” in Serenity?

In the Firefly series Joss Whedon often used linguistic devices such as Mandarin Chinese signs, curses, and other assorted phrases to indicate a removal in time and space. To further this, he also ...
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Why did the Hands of Blue use a “sonic device” to kill people?

While the use of that weapon does a good job establishing these are seriously evil people, it seems to have nothing but disadvantages compared to something mundane like a silenced pistol: The victims ...
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Are all of the Reavers and Alliance destroyed in the final battle in Serenity?

In the Firefly movie "Serenity", at the final battle, the Serenity flies through Reaver territory, drawing them into a battle with the Alliance. Were all of the Reavers in that battle destroyed? ...
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Which property features the most Firefly actors?

The actors in Firefly have since appeared in numerous other sci-fi tv shows and movies. Which show/movie has the most Firefly actors? Does any property have all of the main cast members? Note: The ...
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What happened to the Lassiter?

In Trash, the crew steals a very valuable, antique laser pistol known as the Lassiter. In The Message, Mal mentions that he's having difficulty selling it. MAL: It's like something out of a ...
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Is Monty's last name actually Reynolds?

I was looking at IMDB today, and to my surprise, Monty's last name was listed as "Reynolds." No other websites I could find gave him any last name. It would be very strange if he had the same last ...
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Why is there so little merchandise with the Serenity logo?

This logo seems great for t-shirts and the like. But I've only seen it a few times, in places that rapidly go out of stock, which makes me think it's not an official thing. Why, when there are so many ...
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How did the mudders get Jayne's name and likeness?

In the Firefly episode Jaynestown, the crew comes across a town that worships Jayne as a folkhero to the point of building a statue of him. The likeness isn't perfect, but it clearly emulates Jayne ...
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Do they really watch Firefly on the International Space Station

I saw this photo online: I was wondering if this photo is legit, or some Photoshop by Firefly fans. If it is legitimate, why do they have a copy of Firefly and Serenity on board the International ...
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What does the line “Take me where I cannot stand” mean?

From Firefly's theme song: Take my love, take my land Take me where I cannot stand I don't care, I'm still free You can't take the sky from me. Everything's meaning seems pretty obvious, ...
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Why did Henry Evans continue to go by Derrial Book?

In Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale, we learn that However, he continues to go by Book even after It seems odd that he would continue to go by a stolen name after finding religion. Is there anything to ...
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Why is Shepherd Book crushing a snake on the cover of Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale?

Have any of the writers or artists stated why Shepherd Book is stepping on a snake on the cover of Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale? There is no snake in the graphic novel. Is it a allusion to Book ...
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Why didn't the costume designer know the purpose of Zoe's necklace?

From the wikia: In the DVD commentary for the episode "Shindig," costume designer Shawna Trpcic mentions that the leather necklace Zoë always wears is a symbol of her marriage bond. However, she is ...
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How did the hill folk in Safe know Simon's profession?

How did the hill folk in Safe know Simon's profession? I'm watching the episode "Safe" again and as the hill people bring Simon into town they yell out, "We got ourselves a doctor!" How did they know ...
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What is the correct order to read/watch Firefly/Serenity?

I have discovered today that there are Serenity books and comics. I have already seen the series and the movie. Books Comics Series Movie What is the correct order to read the full material?
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Why doesn't Jayne use Vera in Serenity's climax?

During the climax of Serenity, why doesn't Jayne use Vera? It seems to be the most powerful weapon on Serenity and Jayne claims that it's his favorite gun. The crew seems to have enough time to ...
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Why didn't the Alliance destroy The Reavers?

In Serenity, we learn that So my question is, why didn't the Alliance destroy them? There were less than 30,000 Reavers and the Alliance had a much larger military. We also learn that So why did ...
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Did Serenity really appear in Battlestar Galactica?

Recently I ran across this image from the mini-series of Battlestar Galactica (from the scene in which Roslin is diagnosed with cancer): My question is: Is this really supposed to be Serenity, the ...
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Where is Inara during “Serenity”?

In Firefly, she says: Then the episode ends. It doesn't say where she is going to leave to, and (as far as I can remember) it doesn't say it in the episodes after that episode (Heart of Gold) either....
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Why does Serenity have a cannon in “Serenity”?

In Firefly (episode: train job), Mal gets in a bar fight because he was a Browncoat. He gets thrown out of the bar, and the gang he was fighting follows him. They were about to kill him when Wash ...
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Why was Mal able to shrug off apparently lethal blows from The Operative?

Towards the end of Serenity, just as Mal is ready to climb the chasm to the backup transmitter, the Operative surprises Mal and shoots him in the back. Mal shrugs it off and moments later is able to ...
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Firefly: Was the Alliance “evil?”

Throughout Firefly the Alliance obviously acts as the opposition to Mal and his crew. But... They follow due process (in Bushwhacked) and generally it appears that their officers are bound by Rule ...
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Firefly has its own gravitational field? [duplicate]

In Firefly episode eight, Out of Gas, the engine breaks, causing the oxygen and heating to go offline on Serenity. For some reason, the gravity stays on. Mal (the captain) is able to move about freely,...
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Why didn't the Reavers murder and mutilate everyone on Miranda?

In the movie Serenity, Mal and his crew travel to Miranda where they discover Why didn't the Reavers murder and mutilate everyone on Miranda? Instead, everyone on Miranda A plausible explanation is ...
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Is everyone in Firefly fluent in Chinese or do they only know Chinese slang?

Often the English-speaking characters in Firefly speak curses and slang in Chinese because of the mixing of American and Chinese cultures in the universe. Often audio recordings are also said in both ...
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Why doesn't Captain Mal let Saffron answer at the end of “Our Mrs. Reynolds”?

At the end of episode "Our Mrs Reynolds" Captain Mal confronts Saffron for answers, ending with asking what her real name is. To me it appears that she hesitates and he knocks her out. I can get why ...
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Did any of the planets in Firefly's 'Verse have any life before terraforming?

Sure, no "proper" aliens, but were all the planets completely biologically dead? No native plants, or creatures in the water? No microorganisms even? All the terraforming was completely done from ...
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Does having a companion onboard give away your position?

The Serenity is regularly involved in activities of dubious legality, and is often on the run from either the authorities or powerful criminals and mobsters. In the meanwhile, Inara, a companion, ...